Here are just some of the 250+ projects we have supported over the years:
Healthy Ageing Summer School
Inflammation and Ageing, College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Professor Janet Lord received £2,000 from the Alumni Impact Fund to host a two-day Healthy Ageing summer school for 100 trainee health professionals.
The event aimed to challenge perceptions around old age and covered topics such as retirement, spirituality and sexual health. The money also funded eight older adults to take part as small group facilitators and discuss their experiences of old age.
The Institute of Inflammation and Ageing is the only centre in the UK that has brought together, under the same hospital roof, a group of world-leading medical and scientific specialists in all the major conditions caused or exacerbated by inflammation. Their vision is to help more people live healthier lives for longer. Find out more about their latest research here
UoB’s 1st IMechE Railway Challenge
Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) was awarded almost £10,000 from the Alumni Impact Fund to enable them to take part in their first ever Railway Challenge at Stapleford Miniature Railway in Leicestershire.
The UoB team comprised students and young researchers from Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy and Materials and Mechanical Engineering. Their task was to design, construct, test and operate a 1:10 scale railway traction unit that that had to be comfortable to ride, have tractive effort and regenerative braking capabilities.
The project allowed students to apply their theoretical knowledge in practice and improve their teamwork and communication skills.
The University of Birmingham is at the forefront of railway traction research, and the locomotive that was constructed received huge media interest. You can read more here.
Thanks to funding from the Alumni Impact Fund, thousands of students have benefitted from new video and audio recording equipment that was installed within the Shakespeare Institute Lecture Hall. This allows the weekly seminars delivered by internationally recognised Shakespeare scholars to be enjoyed by a wider audience, including part-time and distance-learning students and alumni.
The equipment is also used to record and live stream high profile lectures held at the Shakespeare Institute, as well as important community events, such as the annual graduation party. This has helped to foster new networks of learning and exchange across our ever-growing international Shakespeare Institute community. Find out more about the Shakespeare Institute here.
New performance and rehearsal studio for students
Guild of Students
The Guild of Students was successfully awarded funds to create a new and bespoke studio for their 200+ student groups to carry out performances, rehearsals, classes and training. This includes the award-winning Bhangra Society and Edinburgh Fringe performing theatre groups such as Article 19, 3BUGS and the Infinity Stage Company.
The new space has allowed the Guild to develop and enhance its offering for the thousands of students involved in our student groups, especially those involved in arts and performance groups.
Llinos Lloyd, of the Ballroom Dancing Society, said: 'The dance studio is amazing to dance in, the mirrors really help with posture and how you look on the floor. It's been a real help to all our society members and our teacher loves it.'
Academic Stand Against Poverty visit to Delhi
College of Social Sciences
The Alumni Impact Fund paid for five students from Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP) to travel to India. This offered them the unparalleled opportunity to experience the work that NGOs were doing in Delhi and gain a deeper insight into poverty issues.
ASAP is an international professional association focused on helping poverty researchers and teachers enhance their positive impact on severe poverty. It does so by promoting collaboration among poverty-focused academics, effective outreach to policy makers and broader public audiences, and by helping academics turn their expertise into impact through specific intervention projects. Find out more here.
Co-founder of ASAP, Joshua Lindsey-Turner, said: 'The highlight of the trip was meeting a group of recent graduates who were working for Indian politicians. I had an unforgettable time, made some wonderful friends and learned more about global poverty than I could have done any other way.'
New ICT facilities at Undercroft
School: School of Biosciences, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
A donation of £5,000 from the Alumni Impact Fund, matched with funds from the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, has enabled the School of Biosciences to buy 12 new computers and worktops to create a new study area in the Undercroft section of the Biosciences building.
Hundreds of students and staff are now benefitting from the Undercroft as it is a more vibrant and active place where students and staff can access study spaces and ICT resources, with dedicated areas for individual study and collaborative learning.